Monday, January 4, 2010

Youth in Revolt

Youth in Revolt
By CD Payne
498 Pages
8 hrs 20 mins listening time
Grade: B

I didn't realize that this book was being turned into a movie before I started listening to it. I don't know if I will see the movie, or just wait for it to come out on DVD, if it's anything like the book, I will just wait.

The book was entertaining. I was never a teenage boy so I can't really relate to a lot of what the book goes into, however, it was entertaining. The author goes into some crazy details of a teenage boy's sex life, or rather lack there of. It is hard to believe that 14 year old kids talk the way the author says they do, constantly calling each other "darling" and whatever. I cannot ever remember using that term ever....not even in my adult life.

This book is also a part of a series, which I was not aware of, and it ends quite suddenly. So now I have to find the rest of the books in the series to find out if Nick ever ends up with his darling Sheena.

***Edited to add***
As my recent commenter Heather said, yes, the vocabulary with the characters is amazing, probably what kept me going. Not that it is a bad book, I did enjoy it, however, I find now that I am older, it is difficult to read high school books or Young Adult, because well, they are meant for an entirely different generation. And I will admit, the humor in the book stems totally from the one thing teenage boys have sex. And Nick, the main character, seems to jump through whatever hoops is needed for him to obtain this goal.

2 down.....98 to go!


Heather said...

Got here from NBC, and this is my favorite book of all time, so I had to comment :)

I'm glad you liked it! I always worry when I tell people how great this book is, especially when I don't know them personally, because they might not like it. But I do know that the book isn't supposed to be totally realistic...obviously a lot of the things that happen later in the book would never actually happen in real life, so the whole "darling" thing, etc. isn't really meant to be realistic either. It's a certain kind of humor (there's a word for it, but I'm drawing a blank.) That's why I liked it I think. It was so far out there from anything else I read when I was in high school (when I first read it) that I just ate it up. Plus I love that Nick was so intelligent and used this incredible vocabulary, but at the end of the day he just cared about the same thing all teen boys care about. I actually wrote about this book for my college entrance essay, and got in with a scholarship.

The rest of the books in the series aren't quite as good as this one. I know they changed the ending of the movie, and it's supposed to give a more "satisfying"/realistic end.

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

Randi thanks for the recomend on this book. It was very good and very funny. I could relate to almost all of it. :) I then say the movie and I can't belive I am now one of those people that is about to say " The movie has nothing on the book". It was not as funny without the monolage comments in his head. Joshua Dearinger